Rolando launches. The first truly great iPhone game?

There have been a lot of good games released for the iPhone and iPod touch since the the App Store launched this past July. And now, with more experienced developers like EA, that have plenty of money to throw at game development, coming to the platform, they’re getting even better. Tonight, one company that’s had some success with an iPhone-only gaming approach, Ngmoco, rolled out its newest game — the first one it thinks enough of to price at $9.99: Rolando.

Amazon adds some Box Office Mojo to IMDb

As someone who studied film in college and worked in Hollywood for a few years, I don’t get to incorporate that old life into my new one as a tech writer as much as I’d like. So it brings me joy when I get to report that two of my favorite movie web sites are combining forces: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Box Office Mojo.

Deloitte survey shows we're living in a "media democracy"

We’re living in a media democracy, where no single form of media dominates the attention of Americans. It’s also an age where everyone contributes to the media, not just traditional media companies. That’s a conclusion of the third annual Deloitte survey on the state of media, which asked respondents how they spent time with media.

iPhone developers finally starting to dictate what day their apps goes live in the App Store

When iPhone development house Ngmoco announced that its new game Rolando would be released Dec. 18 (tomorrow), I wondered how on Earth they knew that? After all, all we’ve been hearing from developers is how sporadic Apple’s application approval process is, with many having no idea when their apps will actually go live in the App Store (and this being an even bigger problem given the recent delays). But it seems that developers have finally started dictating when their apps come out.

Your friends don't hate you, Twitter is just cleaning house again

If you see a sudden surge downward in the number of Twitter followers you have this afternoon, rest assured, it’s probably not something you did or said after a few drinks last night — it’s just Twitter. The micro-messaging service says it will be removing deleted and suspended accounts from users’ lists of followers at some point this afternoon.

Anatomy of a $99 Walmart iPhone rumor

Maybe you’ve heard: Apple’s iPhone is going on sale at Walmart stores across the United States on December 28th. Maybe you had previously heard it would be $99, but it won’t. The entry version will be $197. Yes, a whopping $2 off the price Apple and AT&T sell it for.So what gives? Where’d the $99 — the number being reported by some mainstream media publications — come from?

Steve Jobs' health not behind the keynote snub, says the one story with an actual source

It feels kind of silly to do a whole post about just this, but as anticipated, speculation about Apple chief executive Steve Jobs’ health is once again spiraling out of control following the announcement that he would not give the Macworld keynote address this year. But the reason for Jobs’ no-show at Macworld is purely political, sources inside Apple tell CNBC’s Jim Goldman.

iTunes adds 3-movie rental for $0.99

Apple’s $0.99 movie rental of the week on iTunes has always been a great idea. At such a low price point, it spurs activity and undoubtedly showcases just how easy it is to rent a movie through iTunes. And now Apple is sweetening the pot even more by offering not one, but three $0.99 rentals of the week.

Palm launches an app store that's already half the size of the iPhone's and ten times Android's, but…

When Apple launched the App Store this past summer it became, if nothing else, the thought leader in mobile innovation. Now everyone’s playing follow the leader. BlackBerry, Symbian, Microsoft and Google Android have all built, announced or are at work on their own “app stores.” And today, another big name joins them: Palm.

MySpace announces Top 8 of 2008 awards, vampires win

Hold onto your trendy fedora hats, MySpace just released its “Top 8 of 2008″ awards, presumably because Top 10 lists are just so 2007. The lists include the top eight site searches in the categories of music, film, comedy, technology and video. Things I didn’t want to learn? Dane Cook remains the top comedian on MySpace (though his detractors have their own MySpace profile).

Twitter has made Dell $1 million in revenue

Everyone loves talking about Twitter’s business model — because there isn’t one yet, and they’ll keep talking about it until there is one. But it’s becoming more clear that while a business model is of course important, Twitter is perhaps the perfect example of a company that can afford to take its time in finding the one that is perfect for it. That’s because other businesses are building so much on top of the micro-messaging service and using it for their own services. If worst came to worst, and Twitter had to sell, there would probably be a bidding war of a magnitude that would make it seem like this country wasn’t in the midst of a recession.

The iTunes DRM-free plot (and smoke) thickens

Rumors have been circulating for weeks of odd DRM-free happenings in the iTunes music store. Of all the major music labels, Apple only has a deal with EMI to sell its music without digital rights management, yet reports from overseas keep indicating that other labels are already in the iTunes store with DRM-free music as well. The latest of these reports shows a screenshot from the French version of iTunes with previously protected music, now being sold as “iTunes Plus,” the name of iTunes’ unprotected offering, Epiccenter reports.

Yahoo Mail, other properties get more social, open

Yahoo gave journalists more details about its “open strategy” at a briefing in San Francisco today, when team members unveiled new features for Yahoo Mail, the Yahoo Homepage, and a number of other tools and properties. Yahoo has already done a lot of talking about this initiative, through which turns Yahoo into a social network, of sorts, that third-party applications can plug into. But as with other platforms, it’s hard to judge without seeing actual applications, so today’s demonstrations made the potential much clearer — and it looks promising.

The iPhone gets a sex app to thwart perverted thieves

Just a week ago, you could make the argument that Apple was a bunch of prudes when it came to the App Store. Not only were they not allowing sexually explicit applications in the store, but even sexually suggestive and just plain old crude apps were being banned as well. Then came an NC-17 game with cartoon violence, then came an app that makes farting sounds, then another one (and another)…and today brings yet another racy gem: iDateMe, an app that features a picture of two people having sex.

Poo Price: Did a crude iPhone app sneak in background task capabilities? (Probably not.)

This week, Apple eased up on some of its rules for iPhone App Store. Whereas before it seemed a bit prude in rejecting games with racier content matter, after a week that saw both an NC-17 game released and not one, but two games that simply make farting sounds, Apple seems to be asking for all things crude. As the saying goes: Be careful what you ask for.

I Love Katamari rolls onto the iPhone

The appeal of Namco’s Katamari Damacy game franchise is kind of hard to explain. Basically, the object is to roll a ball around a level and pick up as much junk as you can to make the ball bigger. It sounds lame, but it’s fun to play and kind of addicting. And its gameplay seems like a perfect match for devices with an accelerometer — like the iPhone and iPod touch — so it’s really no surprise that Namco has just released a version, I Love Katamari, today in the App Store.